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Eagles’ co-founder dies of ailments

NEW YORK—Glenn Frey, a rock ‘n’ roll rebel from Detroit who journeyed west, co-founded the Eagles, and with Don Henley formed one of history’s most successful songwriting teams with such hits as “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” has died.

Frey, 67, died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, the band said on its website.

‘The Revenant’ leads Oscar nods

The brutal 1820s frontier saga “The Revenant” landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th-annual Academy Awards while the acting categories again were filled entirely by white performers.

The strong showing today for “The Revenant,” including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio and best supporting actor for Tom Hardy, follows its win at the Golden Globes.

Cruz downplays Trump saying Cruz’s Canadian birth could be liability if he wins Republican presidential nomination

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa Ted Cruz tried to make a joke Tuesday out of Republican presidential rival Donald Trump raising questions about whether the Texas senator’s birth in Canada could be a liability if he becomes the GOP’s nominee.

Authorities in Siberia reward local woman with truck full of coal for slimming down

MOSCOW Shedding the pounds in Siberia can come with a particularly welcome reward — coal.

Yelena Salnikova, a nurse from a small town of Berezovskoye, got a truck full of the stuff from authorities in the coal-rich Russian region of Kemerovo on Wednesday for losing 30 kilos (66 pounds).

Young fire survivor receives cards and gifts by the truckload, plans to share with other kids

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. An 8-year-old girl who lost her father and younger siblings in an arson fire that left her severely scarred is sharing the good cheer that has been bestowed on her, by the tractor-trailer load, since her simple Christmas wish went viral.

Miss Universe host’s mistake initially gives crown to Colombia, not Philippines

LAS VEGAS The Miss Universe contestant from the Philippines is this year’s winner but for one brief moment Sunday evening, it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia.

Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as this year’s Miss Universe winner when host Steve Harvey returned to apologize.